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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Niagara College and Willowbank School of Restoration Arts sign Memorandum of Understanding

On May 11, Niagara College and the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, a non-profit private career college for heritage conservation located in Queenston, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to work together.

NC President Sean Kennedy and Vice-President Academic Fiona Allan met with college management and members of the Willowbank Board including Chair Patrick Little and Vice-Chair John F.T. Scott in the Bright Parlour at Willowbank Estate House to sign the agreement.

“Niagara College is very pleased to partner with Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, a local and highly specialized college, to share expertise and create new opportunities that will benefit students from both our institutions,” said NC President Sean Kennedy.

Willowbank is globally recognized for its expertise in heritage conservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Their expert faculty from across the world are preparing graduates for careers in heritage restoration and conservation.

“We are excited to start working with Niagara College to explore areas that will lead to enhanced learning experiences and we appreciate the openness that both institutions have demonstrated in developing this historic MOU” stated Willowbank Chair Patrick Little.

The MOU will form the basis of a collaborative relationship between the two institutions, as they explore mutually beneficial opportunities that could range from joint research projects to the creation of academic pathways between the organizations.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit

The Willowbank School of Restoration Arts is an internationally acclaimed, not for profit, private career college in Queenston, Canada (PCC #103175). The future of heritage is being shaped by our graduates. With an employment rate of 95%, their impact ripples outwards across a range of careers, from design to skilled trades to community development. Willowbank has been on the vanguard of heritage conservation and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings since 2006. We are the Canadian headquarters of INTBAU, a global network promoting traditional building, architecture, and urbanism. The patron of Willowbank is HRH Prince Charles. Learn more, visit

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